Like a number of surrounding getaways, Rockhaven has the unfair advantage of being nestled among the spectacular Groot Winterhoek mountains. Three accommodation options are available: Two comfortable cottages (Lavender and Erica), and a wonderful seven bedroom farmhouse with rockpool (the farmhouse is only for retreats or adult workshops), all with very reasonable price tags, provide your weekend or weekday lodging on this working farm.
The cottages: The furnishings in both our cottages and the farmhouse are fresh and neat and everything is in place for a very pleasant stay – all that you need bring is a sensible mix of well-behaved mates and maybe the family hound. Reports from the latter indicate that Rockhaven is dog heaven, with enough delirious dassie scents to fill a month of happy canine dreams.
Please be advised however that Rockhaven is a working farm and there are both wild animals and livestock on the farm. If your dog has difficulty controlling itself around other animals, Rockhaven may not be the place for him/her ! Please note that guests are limited to 2 hounds per cottage and farmhouse.
The cottages sleep a maximum of six in three bedrooms at Lavender, and four in two bedrooms at Erica, respectively. The farmhouse sleeps a maximum of twelve guests in seven bedrooms, and also offers wonderful common areas, including a fresh rockpool.
All beds in both cottages and the main house have been upgraded with new spring mattresses. There is a queen size bed in each cottage, and the single beds in the cottages are now a larger 3/4 size; if you’re looking for a group getaway think about booking both. The cottages have French doors, are light and airy, with fireplaces and nice decor. They come well equipped, with linen, towels, etc, all part of the deal.
The farm house: This is a large home with 7 bedrooms, two bathrooms (showers and baths) and a third toilet en-suite. There is also a beautiful outdoor shower enclosure. It has a big open-plan living area and a very well appointed kitchen. There are long decks at the front and back of the house, with magnificent views. There is a spectacular rock pool at the back of the house, always fresh with a rock-fountain clear water stream. There is also a beautiful small dam in the front, at the end of a huge lawn. The views of the olive trees, lavender and mountains are very special indeed. There are two lovely braai areas. The farm house is suitable for adults in a retreat/workshop mode, and can also be used by families, but NO dogs are allowed in the main house.
The farm house has queen beds in three bedrooms, a double bed in a fourth bedroom, and three bedrooms each with two single beds. All beds have good mattresses.
There is also a workshop space next to the house with lovely light and views. The house sits in an oasis of mature trees, offering cool shade and expansive lawns.
Our managers, Jaap and Stofelina, live on the farm and will be on hand to help you with anything you might need. Stofelina makes delicious farm bread and rusks, but she needs to be contacted before you arrive to let her know if you wish to order. Stoffelina se winkel is always open with fresh eggs, milk and other goodies if you run out. Firewood is also available for sale. We sell all our produce from the farm.
For human visitors, the surrounding Jupiter landscape has plenty of walks, nooks and crannies to explore, orchards to lose yourself in, rivers to dip in and out of, buck to spot and enough snow every second winter or so to build a snowman. Sit on the stoep and watch the sun set slowly on the Citrusdal Valley, take a stroll to the farm dam and enjoy a dip in its crystal clear waters, walk further along to the rock pools and waterfalls of the Ratel River, or simply lie back on the lawn and soak up the rays.
The Cape Nature Wilderness area is close by as well: this is famous for its floral beauty and places such as De Hel and De Tronk. Permits to enter the reserve must be obtained from Cape Nature in Porterville in advance.
You are welcome to explore the different areas of the farm where you will find the essential oil plants being cultivated.
Not even an irksome cellphone can pierce Rockhaven’s utter serenity – for that you need to walk about 100m.
Please be aware that Rockhaven is a working farm and that it is situated in a remote area. We cannot take any responsibility for injuries sustained while on the farm and care should be taken with regard to animals (wild and domestic) and the terrain. No driving around of any vehicle is permitted once you are at the cottages.